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Field Experiences

Public Interest Externships

Students who enroll in the Public Interest Externship will work in a publicly-funded law office which provides public "service" type legal assistance. These include state's attorney offices, public defender offices, legal service offices, offices associated with a public university which have licensed attorneys on staff, such as the SIU Legal Counsel, SIU Student Attorney or the SIU Athletic Department.

Judicial Externships

The Judicial Externship Clinic provides a unique opportunity for law students to learn about the legal system by working for a sitting judge. While experiences vary from chambers to chambers, most placements allow externs to hone their research and writing skills while learning how judges make decisions and observing a wide range of courtroom proceedings.

Semester-in-Practice 

Our Semester-in-Practice programs allow students to study away from the law school in Carbondale while earning a full semester’s academic credit. Each program combines a substantial externship opportunity with courses related to a particular field of study.

Illinois Innocence Project

The innocence project reviews evidence and uses post-conviction advanced forensic DNA testing. Evidence is reviewed for eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, ineffective counsel, unreliable forensic evidence and misconduct by prosecutors and police. If a case is taken the services are provided for free.

Immigration Detention Project

Several times each year, SIU law students have the opportunity to volunteer to visit the Tri‐County Justice & Detention Center in Ullin, IL to meet with the immigration detainees being held there by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Bartylak Fellowship Program

The Joseph R. Bartylak Fellowship Program was created to assist students who accept nonpaying, full-time, public interest summer internships following their first or second year of law school.